RUMOR: Apple’s ‘Brick’ really a ‘Mac Pro mini’

“Sources have indicated Apple’s ‘one more thing,’ code named ‘Brick’ rumored to be announced around October 14th along with a MacBook refresh, will actually be a re-design of the Mac Mini super-sized to reveal a Mac Mini Pro of sorts,” iPhone Savior reports.

“Apple’s ‘Brick’ mystery product is also rumored to be the fabled Tablet Mac by 9 to 5 Mac, a fantasy product that’s proven as real as Bigfoot for the past few years now. It’s been roughly 14 months since the last minor refresh to the Mac Mini,” iPhone Savior reports.

iPhone Savior says that this “Mac Mini Pro” rumor comes “from sources that we were unable to confirm as completely reliable.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Brawndo Drinker” for the heads up.]

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  1. @mugwump
    most people that DO upgrade their video card are gamers or people doing video editing or animation. HENCE you buy a mac pro for the extreme capabilities they have. For now gaming isn’t that big at all with a Mac but it is getting there. The same goes for upgrading a sound card, no one really does need to upgrade it unless they need different inputs/outputs for doing music production. And even at that… I’ve seen many people do fine with laptops.

    This Mac Pro mini would be kinda cool, though I’d like to see them offer a desktop computer for around the same price as the iMac which I believe would be very achievable if they didn’t use xeon chips and maybe gave it 4 ram slots instead of 8. If you really need that much ram then you are getting a Mac Pro and nothing else.

  2. Come on – anyone trust a site that calls itself ‘iPhone Savior’?

    But a big blow to all PC makers and Redmond would be a sub-$1K Brick with VMWare pre-installed. Sales Pitch: Install XP/Vista/*nix if you want to, but after trying it side-by-side with OS X, we’re willing to bet more than half of the users will stick with OS X and never look back, the other half will love the hardware enough to stick with it for years. And Apple will also prove another thing – they make better computers than anybody else.

  3. To BitJockey and others…

    While I appreciate your want for a mini mac pro, I still don’t think Apple will ever create this middle-of-the-range, headless mac.

    IMO it just doesn’t fit in with their design/marketing principles.

    All of their products are in clearly defined markets. You want an expandable machine for any kind of, even slightly professional work, you get a mac pro. That’s what I’d do anyway…

    This ‘mac mini pro’ will blur the lines, which is not what Apple wants or does.

    Also, this machine you describe sounds suspiciously like every other grey-box desktop on the market that runs Windows.
    And we all know that Apple doesn’t want that market. Think Different remember!

    Just my 2 pence…

  4. I’m still running my old G4/533. I’ve upp’d it to 1.25GB (it will take 1.5GB but I have two 512 and a 256 and don’t want to spend any more money on the computer to buy a PC133 512MB memory chip), replaced the old Geforce 2MX with a Radeon 9800 Pro, and added USB 2.0. I could not still be using the computer if it didn’t have this kind of expandability. Well, I guess I could but it would be even more painful than it is now. I’ve considered a CPU upgrade but they cost too much for what you get. The G4 replacement market needs to quickly rethink its pricing model or they’re going to die sooner rather than later.

    Regarding the aTV, it really needs a Blu-Ray drive. People who say that physical media is dead and to just download their “HD” content from iTunes should then also agree that 128-bit MP3 is good enough for music.

  5. MARK
    It is most probably time for the mini upgrade. And that is all it’s gonna be. If the mini doesn’t get an upgrade then Apple doesn’t care about it anymore.

    The mini will not be “upgradable”, they won’t do that. If you want that by the Pro. But what they should do is just make a mini with specs of Macbook Pro!
    At the moment the mini is a rip-off.

    Ps. I love my iMac.

  6. Perhaps the “BRICK” is the event that turns most of Apple’s hardware into competitive price-point gear with a few fun twists.
    The aluminum mini notebook.
    A game console/Mac for your TV that plays everything, as is!

    Long shot; LCD TV’s with Macs in them. New MacPros and screens, who knows… but we need small tower Macs…more than one!!!

    The tablet series, I think, will be in Jan and it will be a family onto itself and will be as big as the iPhone.

  7. @ Andy.

    Why are retards allowed to post here? I hate it when STUPID people complain saying that the Imac is the mid range tower..IT IS NOT! IT IS AN ALL IN ONE, THEREFORE IT IS NOT THE MIDRANGE DESKTOP WE ALL WANT. I feel better now…. and Andy is still a retard, no wait he is a cross between a retard and an artard… therefore we will now wall him artardtard

  8. I would rather see something slightly taller maybe (same form factor) as the Mac Mini, provide it with a single low-power quad core version of the Xeon (ie: Xeon L5410), 8 gigs max, 1 internal 2.5″ SATA or SAS drive (BTO option), 1 or 2 x eSATA ports in addition to standard USB/Firewire (eSATA removes the need for internal drives and provides the same performance as it being internal on a SATA/SAS connector and designed for storage), and an actual decent video card, at least on the same scale as the 256 and 512meg vcards in the Macbook Pro line, that would include the dual dvi output to handle a 30″ monitor. It does not need to be a mini tower, does need to open as easy as one though, but needs to have some true power. Should be available in at least the $1299 – $1799 price range to be worthwhile.

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